Offshore/subsea systems

McDermott Awarded Second Manatee Contract

Shell has tapped the contractor to conduct engineering, procurement, construction, and installation work on the large gas field offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

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McDermott was originally awarded a front-end engineering design contract by Shell for the Manatee development earlier this year.
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McDermott has received a limited notice to proceed for an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract from Shell Trinidad and Tobago related to the $1.8 billion Manatee gas field development project, located off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago.

Subject to Shell taking a final investment decision, the Manatee project scope is for the design, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, and commissioning of a wellhead platform and offshore and onshore gas pipelines.

“This award follows our successful delivery of the front-end engineering design for the Manatee gas field,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott's senior vice president for subsea and floating facilities. “We will again deliver for Shell, building on a partnership marked by trust, collaboration, and shared success to execute this important project.”

Shell tapped McDermott for the front-end engineering and design work on Manatee in March. The Manatee field is in Block 6(d) offshore Trinidad and Tobago in water depths of around 91 m. Discovered in 2005, the field represents one of the country's largest natural gas reserves discovered to date and will help bolster the country’s gas supply.

The Manatee field is a conventional gas development and, once commissioned, will supply both domestic and export markets from Trinidad and Tobago. The project will provide crucial feedstock for the Atlantic LNG plant, which has been producing below its boilerplate limit because of a lack of available gas volumes.

The Manatee field is part of the cross-border Loran-Manatee discovery shared by Trinidad and Venezuela. The field is believed to hold around 10 Tcf of natural gas, with 7.3 Tcf on Venezuela’s side and the remaining 2.7 Tcf on Trinidad’s side.

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley said in October that Shell has given financial approval for the Manatee project.

First gas from the development could flow as soon as 2025. Shell holds a 100% working interest in Manatee.